After the first few pages, I felt i would find this book a tough read. The narrator's tone as the older woman was too self-obsessed; as the child, too detailed and a little unbelievable.
The turning point for me was the incident in the ravine. After that, the book incredibly picked up as the child grew older, more mature, her defensive mechanism switched on. It made for more honest, more relatable reading. As roles were reversed between her and Cordelia, it threw the bully's earlier behavior into a clearer light. (I couldnt empathise with the child when she was being bullied by her friends.)
Towards the end, it became a deeply enjoyable read. Depressing in tone, with sentences like "Perhaps all I will ever be is what I am now." but engrossing.